British Airways announces holiday offers for families this summer

British Airways is collaborating with some of UK’s biggest airports to offer holiday breaks to families with under-12s, it has announced.

Supported by Visit Britain, British Airways is working in partnership with Belfast City, Heathrow, Inverness, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle International airports to give families a pleasurable and affordable summer break, allowing kids under 12, to fly for free on domestic flights. Flights can be booked for travel from July 14, 2016, until November 1, 2016 at ba.com/kidsgofree.

With the partnerships, British Airways is offering free flights for kids when travelling with an adult. To help cut holiday costs even further, Heathrow Express and Novotel are also offering family discounts. Up to two kids can fly for free with each fare paying adult, and kids can also stay for free at Novotel hotels when adults book a stay.

Sara Dunham, British Airways’ head of marketing, retail and direct, said: ‘Saving every penny counts when it comes to family holidays so flying kids for free will make it cheaper to fly away for fun and see more of the UK on a British Airways flight.

‘We are delighted to be joining forces with other great travel brands to offer families free child flights and discounted holiday deals.’

The initiative is expected to boost UK tourism by encouraging families to fly more cheaply between London, the North, Scotland and Northern Ireland for their holidays.

Fun and exciting things for families to do at the destinations include the W5 at Odyssey, Titanic Belfast, The Giant’s Causeway, Streamvale Open Farm and Ulster Museum at the Botanic Gardens in Northern Ireland (Belfast City); The Royal Armouries Museum, National Media Museum; Leeds Art Gallery/Henry Moore Institute; Leeds Owl Trail and Stockeld Park at Yorkshire (Leeds Bradford); Kidzania, Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Coram’s Fields and Tower of London at London (Heathrow); Loch Ness and the Loch Ness monster, Landmark Park, Cawdor Castle, Inverness Botanic Gardens, Whin Park at Scotland (Inverness); and Beamish Museum, Durham Cathedral, Alnwick Castle, Angel of the North and

Seven Stories – the National Centre for Children’s Books in the North East of England (Newcastle).

The offer is valid on one-way and return tickets between Heathrow and Belfast International, Inverness, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle International airports. Return adult hand baggage only fares on the British Airways flights between Heathrow and the UK regional airports start from £97 for Belfast, £75 for Inverness, £86 for Leeds and £96 for Newcastle.

British Airways offers free one-way upgrade to limited time lucky passengers

British Airways is offering a free one-way upgrade to First over a limited time to lucky customers.

The special offer will be available to those buying eligible return flights in the airline’s Club World cabin, from now until March 13, for travel up to April 11, 2015.

Stephen Humphreys, British Airways’ head of UK&I sales and marketing, said: ‘For those who haven’t ‘turned left’ on an aircraft and flown in First before, they’re in for a real treat.

‘This is a brilliant offer that gives people the opportunity to fly in the understated luxury of First, enjoyed by the few sitting at the very front of the plane, for the cost of a business class ticket. We’re sure they’ll love the experience and want to fly in First again.’

Customers travelling in First can check-in through a dedicated area at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, and carry up to three 32kg bags. Once through the Fast Track security, they can access the airline’s separate lounges – Concorde Room at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 – as well as at other terminals, use all First facilities, and enjoy priority boarding.

The First class cabins provide mood lighting and special electronic blinds, and customers can dine from an a la carte menu with a selection of wines and champagnes delivered with personalised service. For sleep, the turn down service will transform the seats into full-flat bed, with quilted mattress, white cotton duvet, pillow, and cotton pyjamas to change into.

British Airways, the world’s first commercial airline to introduce a fully-flat bed in First class in 1996, offers flights in First to more than thirty destinations around the world. With the current frequency of flights, customers are likely to get their free one-way upgrade on routes including New York, Washington, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Johannesburg, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.